England v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Chittagong, 4th day March 15, 2010

Siddique's rearguard delays England

Plays of the day from day four at Chittagong

Ball of the day
If anyone was going to give England a scare in this contest, that anyone had to be Tamim Iqbal. His technique, temperament and the power of his strokeplay have set him apart from his peers in this series, but for the second time in the match, his off stump fell victim to an exceptional delivery. On Sunday it was Tim Bresnan who zipped past his defences; today it was Graeme Swann with a beauty that looped, dipped, gripped and spun. Nevertheless, he departed with a match total of 100 runs, despite twice attracting balls that would have nailed any player in the world. As and when his luck turns, he has the game to seek his vengeance.

Innings of the day
Junaid Siddique was playing for his place when Bangladesh began their second innings. After a second-ball duck in his only appearance in the one-day series, and inconclusive scores of 16 and 37 in last week's three-day warm-up, he needed a score to convince the doubters, especially after his limp dismissal to Stuart Broad's bouncer in the first innings. But right on cue, he dug in for his highest Test score since Bangladesh's victory over West Indies in Kingstown, to haul his country's rearguard into a fifth and final day.

Aberration of the day
Shakib Al Hasan is ranked as one of the top allrounders in world cricket, but his batting has not been at its best on this tour. He was off-colour in the one-dayers (albeit a touch unlucky as well), while in the first innings of this match he was suckered by Graeme Swann and tempted into a monstrous mow. A similar mindset afflicted him second-time around, as he sized up a sweep from only his third delivery, but was beaten in the flight and pinned lbw for 4 - although replays suggested the ball had come off the glove. After a disciplined third-wicket stand of 54, three wickets had tumbled for 11, and once again Bangladesh's propensity for self-destruction had resurfaced.

Spell of the day
Many a true word is said in jest. Following his five-wicket haul in the first innings, Graeme Swann reiterated his oft-repeated statement that he'd like to bowl, not just in tandem with a solitary spinner, but with five or six in the same side, "because I've grown up believing we should rule the world because we're a higher species than the seamers". To judge by England's tactics on the fourth day, Alastair Cook is inclined to agree. Swann wheeled his way through 29 overs out of 75 in Bangladesh's second innings, including 25 in a row either side of tea. He didn't get the rewards that he had reaped first time around, but it wasn't for want of trying.

Desperation of the day
Few would have imagined Jonathan Trott (no wickets in 11 Test overs to date) being called upon to break the resistance of Bangladesh, but then that's what happens when you opt for four bowlers on a shirt-front. His middling medium-pacers didn't exactly ruffle the feathers of the well-set pairing of Junaid and Mushfiqur Rahim, although there was one brief moment of excitement. On 36, Mushfiqur stepped back into a pull and pushed off for a single, but as he did so, his leg bail dropped to the ground. For a split-second Trott believed he'd fluked his maiden Test wicket, until Matt Prior pointed out he was the one who'd caused the damage, rather than Mushfiqur's heel.

Stat of the day
It's often said that Ian Bell cashes in when the going is good, although those jibes dissipated a touch in South Africa this winter, when he was widely credited for his role in both the victory at Durban and the rearguard at Cape Town. But there's not a lot of hiding from his average against Bangladesh. In 2005, in his first full series as an England Test cricketer, he racked up 227 runs without being dismissed, including a hefty 162 in the second match at Durham. In Chittagong, he has now added scores of 84 and 39 not out, to take his average to a well-rounded, but somewhat obese, 350.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo. Go to http://twitter.com/miller_cricket to follow him on Twitter through the England tour of Bangladesh.

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  • Karthik on March 16, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    jackiethepen is Ian Bell actually. The point being made is that Ian Bell has the propensity to score when not required rathe than when required. All the other players and teams you have mentioned have indeed scored against Bangladesh, the is not having score against Banglasdesh, but scoring when it is absolutely critical. More often than not it is at those critical juncture that mousy Bell has gone and hid in the dressing room rather than perform. Lets take Morgan's innings which you have derided. If it weren't for Morgan, England would have lost to Bangladesh and there is no denying that. Bell's 199 was against SA on a flat bed after another player had already dented the attack and scored a hundred. The moment he was put on pressure in reaching his 200, he crumbled like a cookie. He might have been credited with saving that match against SA, but it was Onions who saw it through to the end.

  • Jackie on March 15, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    Botham and Boycott are always telling batsmen to fill their boots when they can. No-one attacked Kieswetter and Morgan for their tons against Bangladesh. Far from it they were extolled. Morgan was called a genius! Did we hear anyone reproach Cook, KP or Colly for their runs? If they had not outs in the second innings wouldn't they have obese averages? We had to wait until Bell got 39* for "cashing in" to be a "jibe". But his highest score of 199 is against South Africa. And before his latest big runs against SA, he got 72 at the Oval, the most important runs he's ever made. What about when South Africa scored 400 runs from Bangladesh without losing a wicket? Do we hear about them "cashing in"? Perhaps Graeme Smith has an obese average against Bangladesh? Or Sehwag? All the Test teams play Bangladesh, some of them a lot more than England. This is Bell's third Test. The first one when he was 23 the same age as some of these Bangladeshis. His partner was Trescothick who also got big runs.

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